Prayer: Lord God, guide us to live today with the rejoicing and hope of the new heavens and new earth you will create for us. Amen.
Reading: Isaiah 65: 17-25 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Recently my wife, Ruth, and I spent a few days visiting long-time friends who operate a bed & breakfast on a secluded mountainside. When we arrived, everything had been prepared for our visit. The cottage was festive with fall decorations, our names were on a welcoming sign hanging across the door, the pool was heated to offset the October chill and the kitchen was well-stocked to share meals with friends. Even the piano was in perfect tuning for me to play. It was as if our every need had been anticipated by our friends and hosts.
Like this autumn get-away, will be the Kingdom of God... and so much the better (and without the 6-hour drive home). God will hear our prayers and answer even before we say "Amen." Misfortune and discomfort will be unknown and everyone will enjoy long, bountiful lives. Food will be plentiful and there will be peace among all creatures.
Blessed are they who await the Kingdom of God...and toil not in vain but to live in this way today. --Andy Gates
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